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mightyburnmightyburn Posts: 2 Greenhorn
Does anyone know if it's illegal to fish near a pinfish trap?  I was catching bait on a grass flat that had some pinfish traps and I was about 75 feet from one of the buoys, and a guy came out on his jon boat and started screaming at me saying that he just called FWC to come and arrest me for catching bait near his traps. He said it was illegal to fish within 100ft of a buoy.

I've spent an unhealthy amount of time researching this to no avail.  This flat is always loaded with white bait, so i don't want to give up my bait spot because someone threw a few traps near it. Thanks in advance

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  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,008 Admiral
    edited May 2018 #2
    I doubt that is true. Fish away,
    Tight Lines, Steve
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  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Does anyone know if it's illegal to fish near a pinfish trap?  I was catching bait on a grass flat that had some pinfish traps and I was about 75 feet from one of the buoys, and a guy came out on his jon boat and started screaming at me saying that he just called FWC to come and arrest me for catching bait near his traps. He said it was illegal to fish within 100ft of a buoy.

    I've spent an unhealthy amount of time researching this to no avail.  This flat is always loaded with white bait, so i don't want to give up my bait spot because someone threw a few traps near it. Thanks in advance
    What this guy told you is untrue. Not a violation.
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    The commercial guys get persnickety when they think you might be stealing the bait/fish/etc. that they are taking from public waters. 

    No law restricting you from fishing near any buoys for fish or crab traps.  Just try not to snag it cause if you do lift the buoy/rope/trap you might get shot.
  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,787 Captain
    Should have asked him to make the call, then you could have informed the FWC officer that he was interfering with your lawful fishing and you wished to file a complaint!
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